Like the rest of the internet, I have a curiosity about the upcoming Scooby Apocalypse comic book that cannot be satiated by simply looking at preview artwork or giggling at precarious convention panels and interviews–I need to know what this thing is actually about in advance of the May 25 release date.
So far, we know that this comic is an origin story and that Scooby is wearing a device that fires off emoticons (yes you read that right). Velma is incredibly short and is piloting a device through a controller–we haven’t even gotten to Shaggy’s beard yet! Daphne and Fred both have odd weapons–suffice to say that there was a lot of backlash when this comic was first revealed. The Jim Lee (Justice League) cover is incredibly polarizing and I still can’t look at these characters and wonder if they are malleable enough for this take to actually work.
That’s why today was my lucky day when TV Guide ran a preview of some interiors for the comic book. There’s one huge takeaway from the story so far…that’s the amount of dialogue soaking the page. The Scooby team is orbiting the same space in this issue, but they aren’t quite together working as a team yet.
The balloons shouldn’t come as a surprise to seasoned comics fans familiar with the work of writers J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen and artist Howard Porter (Justice League 3000). The writers in particular have a body of work stretching into the ’80s with a Justice League comic book that is chock full of dialogue and fun character development.
Jim Lee was present in the TV Guide article giving some information that shed new light on the upcoming series: “We noticed there wasn’t really an origin story for the characters,” Lee said. “What if we refined who these characters are? They’re really cyphers in a way.”
Keith Giffen confirmed that the supernatural threats in this comic are not a hoax–they are real creatures!
Finally, Jim Lee had a message for the haters; “All these people saying, ‘it’s horrible, he’s a d-bag,’ and I say, ‘wait… you look like this guy!’ It’s an unusual look, but it’s to show he’s visually distinct from the others, and not part of the mainstream.
Are you willing to give Scooby Apocalypse a chance? Maybe the preview pages will change your mind.